Category Archives: Dept. of Education

The cafeteria conundrum

The third lunch period at Lincoln Elementary School started at noon during last school year, and like the other lunch periods at the school, lasted 20 minutes. At least, they lasted 20 minutes on paper. “If you are around here long enough you’ll hear us say ‘on paper’ a lot. The reality is different.” said […]
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Elizabeth Hovde: Meet the gender unicorn, parents

Have you met the “gender unicorn?” Your children might have already. Parents should be introduced to the gender unicorn, too, ya know, because some of us are trying to raise the children we had, help them understand our world and offer help navigating it. Source: Elizabeth Hovde: Meet the gender unicorn, parents | OregonLive.com

Editorial: Building better futures today for youth 

A couple of recent news items caught our eye and seemed to be related, if only in that they involved young people working toward their futures. First, you might have noticed a story in Thursday’s Democrat-Herald about the annual vocational education camp at Linn-Benton Community College. Source: Editorial: Building better futures today for youth | […]
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Stronger sanctions needed against Oregon day cares, report finds

Oregon went easier on rule-breaking day cares last year than at any point since at least 2004, according to a new state report. The decline in penalties came after a January 2016 state audit recommending that regulators wield stronger sanctions. Source: Stronger sanctions needed against Oregon day cares, report finds | OregonLive.com

Oregon close to banning ‘lunch shaming’ in schools

Summers are meant to be fun and carefree for many families with children out of school. For others, it’s a means to their next meal. Selena Coile and her daughter Mackenzie go to Alberta Park every day to take advantage of the free lunches provided by Portland Parks and Recreation. Source: Oregon close to banning […]
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Oregon Will Keep 100 Percent Graduation Goal For Class Of 2025

The Oregon Legislature wrapped up its work July 7 after five months of work that will affect everyone in Oregon — including public school students in the class of 2025. Source: Oregon Will Keep 100 Percent Graduation Goal For Class Of 2025 . News | OPB

Oregon’s Legislature: Robbing Peter to pay Paul | Guest opinion

Last week, the Oregon Legislature passed an $8.2 billion biennial schools budget. But even though that represents an 11 percent increase over the previous biennium, that $8.2 billion figure will leave our schools and the children they serve desperately short of resources, with devastating consequences. Source: Oregon’s Legislature: Robbing Peter to pay Paul (Guest opinion) […]
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Coos Bay Schools make improvements to ELL program

State report shows statewide success in the English Language Learner program. Oregon schools are showing success in their English Language Learner program (ELL). In a press release from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon’s ELL students who graduate from the program are doing better in school. Incidentally, they are doing better than ELL students […]
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Lawmakers back $100 million for Elliott State Forest, $50 million for UO campus

Oregon will issue more than $100 million in state bonds to keep the Elliott State Forest in public hands and another $50 million to help the University of Oregon build a new science complex named after its most famous graduate. Source: Lawmakers back $100 million for Elliott State Forest, $50 million for UO campus | […]
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Measure 98 funds for school dropout prevention cut in half

Oregon high school students may get a bit more than half of the roughly $300 million that voters in November mandated be spent on career-technical education, college-prep and other dropout-prevention programs over the next two school years. Source: Measure 98 funds for school dropout prevention cut in half | KATU